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Italian Wedding Soup #SundaySupper

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Upon request of my friend, Marianne, I am making my best (echem), well- first version of Italian wedding soup for you all today! And I have to say…It is awesome! I make soup all the time, and there is always a simple strategy once you start making it: veggies, broth, meat, and maybe pasta or beans. Italian Wedding Soup is no different. Basically Italian Wedding Soup has some main components that you can change up:

  • green vegetables: kale, spinach, cabbage, endive, or escarole
  • meat: meatballs made with chicken, beef, or pork
  • broth: chicken or vegetable
  • pasta: small stars, mini-tubes, balls, or orzo
  • optional add ins: shredded chicken, lentils, parmesan cheese

Italian Wedding Soup | Hardly A Goddess
Of course, never having made it before, I looked up the short-list of the best italian cook’s recipes that I could think of: Lidia Bastianich, Giada De Laurentiis, Mary Ann Esposito, and Mario Batali. To say these inspired my recipe is kind of an understatement. They are so different  as some use turkey, prociutto, or escarole, while others add basil, kale, and sausage.Italian Wedding Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Inspired to make a few new variations in search of the best version of this staple soup, I am starting with a beef meatball version that is pared down to be able to make easily any night after work. You can use any other substituions to ramp up your meatballs, like adding prociutto, or sausage, or using your own homemade stock if you happen to have it on hand. I am sharing with you a quicker, weeknight-meal kind of version here, using chicken stock from the carton (or can), a one pound package of ground grass-fed lean beef, and dried ditalini pasta.

Italian Wedding Soup #SundaySupper

Italian Wedding Soup #SundaySupper

This is a comforting and easy soup to make for a great weeknight meal. It gets better after a day, so make it ahead and serve with a crusty loaf of bread~ yum!

Ingredients

    For the meatballs
  • 16oz package of ground beef
  • 1 cup of seasoned bread crumb
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesean or romano
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp.kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsely
  • 1/2 grated onion
  • For the soup
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs of celery diced
  • 1/2 an onion diced
  • 2 cartons (8 cups) of chicken stock or broth
  • 8 cups of chopped kale

Instructions

  1. You need one large stock pot, and two smaller pots (one for pasta, one for meatballs)
  2. To make the meatballs
  3. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Scoop 1/2 tsp.of the meat mixture and roll into round balls. Continue rolling until all the meat is rolled.
  5. Drop the balls into rolling, boiling, salted water. Do this in stages to avoid over crowding. The meatballs will sink at first and then float. Once they float, continue to cook for 3 minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon to a separate bowl.Set aside.
  6. Make the pasta
  7. Make according to package directions. Strain and set aside.
  8. Make the soup
  9. To a large pot, heat the oil until hot. Add the onion, celery, and carrot and cook until translucent.
  10. Add the broth and kale and simmer for 15 minutes.
  11. Add the meatballs to the soup.
  12. To serve
  13. Add cooked pasta to individual bowls before ladling the soup over the top.
  14. Garnish with fresh grated parmesan and parsley.

Notes

I boiled (poached) the meatballs separately from the soup, as I do this with matzo balls as well- it helps keep the broth clear and makes more of it- I like adding the pasta separately too, so it doesn't absorb the broth as it sits and get mushy. If you are eating this right away, you can poach the meatballs and the pasta directly in the soup, making this a one pot meal- easily!

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Italian Wedding Soup | Hardly A GoddessThanks to our host for this week’s link-up, Sarah from Chef Next Door!

Appetizers, Soups, and Salads

Lean Ground Beef Recipes

Mains

Sandwiches and Wraps

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Homemade Pretzels with Kids #SundaySupper

This is so fun! Not only do I get to celebrate Octoberfest with delicious beer, I also get to make these fun little homemade pretzels with my kiddos. Winning moments. Sigh. Sip.

Homemade pretzels with kids are so delicious and easy to make too!

Oktoberfest is the longest running beer festival and traveling fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Cities all over the world celebrate Oktoberfest with German-inspired food, fun, and, of course, beer. It is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid-September to the first weekend in October. Having been held every year, for 206 years, since its start in 1810, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture (from the SundaySupper blog).

What better snack to go with beer, than pretzels? And how much is making pretzels, like playing with Playdoh? So perfect! And it is really, really, easy. Just add water to the yeast, salt and sugar. Add the flour and mix. Then knead.Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Done. There is no rising. No waiting. No worrying. And to top it all off, then you get to have fun:

Homemade pretzels with kids is so fun and delicious too!

Fun, and get your hands a bit dirty in the meantime:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Brush with egg-wash, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake. Done in 15 minutes.

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

If you can’t tell, these are Octopuses(?) or Octopie (?)…or just 8 legged pretzel things. And a snake, and a snake baby. And our initials too of course:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Which became mustaches:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Because mustaches are funny. And delicious. Actually, they were! Surprisingly so, since this is so easy. Salt is key. I will say that.

Here’s the easiest, most delicious fun we’ve had in 30 minutes or less:

Homemade Baked Pretzels

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 5 large pretzels

This recipe was given to me from my friend Joan, who always made it for her kids. She found it in My Big Backyard Magazine, circa 1980. Thank you Joan!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten (reserve)
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415*
  2. In a very large bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the water and stir gently.
  3. Stir in the flour.
  4. Knead on a floured table or board, until the dough is a smooth ball (3-5 minutes).
  5. Shape dough into desired shapes: mustaches, animals (snakes, octopus, fish, bear), or letters.
  6. Brush with the reserved beaten egg.
  7. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt (I use coarse sea salt).
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until light-brown.
  9. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Original recipe from My Big Backyard Magazine, circa 1980.

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Homemade pretzels with kids is so fun and delicious too!

Enjoy! If you want more snacks to help you celebrate Octoberfest in the most authentic ways, follow along with the rest of the Sunday Supper bloggers, who are making some great food (that may or may not go awesome with beer- just saying, it IS Octoberfest).

Appetizers (Vorspeisen)

Breakfast (Frühstück)

Condiments (Würze)

Dessert (Nachtisch)

Main Dish (Hauptgericht)

Side Dish (Beigabe)

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.